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Subject/Keyword
Radical Ecology
Anthropocene
Community
Timothy Morton
The Dark Mountain Project
Dark Ecology
Ecocide
Environmentalism
Post-Environmentalism
Uncivilisation
Ecological Thought
Deep Ecology
Environmental Humanities
Collapse
Civilisation
Ecocriticism
Anti-Civilisation
Paul Kingsnorth
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
MacQueen, Jessica L
Supervisor and department
Chisholm, Dianne (English and Film Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Imre Szeman (English and Film Studies)
Allen Ball (Art and Design)
Christine Wiesenthal (English and Film Studies)
Department
Department of English and Film Studies
Specialization
English
Date accepted
2015-03-26T11:07:17Z
Graduation date
2015-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis explores the post-environmentalist network of writers, artists, and thinkers known as The Dark Mountain Project. It does so by examining Dark Mountain as a literary and cultural phenomenon that has generated a burgeoning literary community and subculture of uncivilisation in response to ecocide in the Anthropocene. I implement a method of analysis drawn from the environmental humanities to examine the cultural dynamics of environmental crisis, with particular emphasis on the role of storytellers in shaping perceptions of the future. I utilize a comparative approach to measure the project’s emerging philosophy of uncivilisation against more established concepts in radical ecology, including Timothy Morton’s dark ecology and Deep Ecology. I introduce the concept of negative eco-aesthetics to describe the quality of darkness and negativity that characterizes Dark Mountain’s uncivilised writing, and demonstrate how such writing can reinvigorate our current inability to imagine possible futures beyond the current forecast of collapse.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3513V27H
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